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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3237–3254, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3237-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3237–3254, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3237-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 19 Jun 2019

Research article | 19 Jun 2019

Investigating the liquid water path over the tropical Atlantic with synergistic airborne measurements

Marek Jacob et al.

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Tropical clouds are a key climate component but are still not fully understood. Therefore, we analyze airborne remote sensing measurements that were taken in the dry and wet seasons over the Atlantic east of Barbados. From these we derive sub-kilometer resolution data of vertically integrated atmospheric water vapor and liquid water. Results show that although the humidity is lower in the dry season, clouds are more frequent, contain more water, and produce more rain than in the wet season.
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